Red, Ready, but will improve

2014 Halls Gap Estate, Fallen Giants Vineyard Shiraz, Grampians

2014 Halls Gap Estate, Fallen Giants Vineyard Shiraz, Grampians

Red | Ready, but will improve | Halls Gap Estate - Fallen Giants VY | Code:  47113 | 2014 | Australia > Victoria > Port Phillip > Mornington Peninsula | Syrah/Shiraz | Medium Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol

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Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

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The Producer

Halls Gap Estate - Fallen Giants VY

Halls Gap Estate - Fallen Giants VY

The Fallen Giants vineyard was planted in 1969 by a long-term grower for Seppelts & Penfolds (the fruit from here made it into the 1986 Grange). It was purchased by Trevor Mast of Mount Langi Ghiran in the early 1990s and was then bought by Aaron Drummond and his family in 2014.

Aaron is 50% owner of Circe – a winery that Berry Bros. & Rudd works with very closely, (he is also MD of NZ’s Craggy Range as his “day” job). Circe winemaker, Dan Buckle, provided blending advice for the 2013 to 2015 Fallen Giants wines, which were made at Mount Langi Ghiran. Since 2016, the wines have been made by Justin Purser at Best’s Great Western - Halls Gap Estate’s closest neighbour.

The Grampians region was planted in Planted in 1861 and many original vineyards still remain. It is a truly cool climate region with Mean January Temperatures (MJTs) ranging from 18.1?C, to 20.6?C. There are only eight producers in the region, of which three are Langtons classified (Best’s, Mount Langi Ghiran and Seppelts). Six of these eight have the prestigious 5 star rating from Australian wine critic James Halliday - a testament to the quality the region can produce.

James Halliday rated Halls Gap Estate as a 5-star winery in his annual Wine Companion for 2016, 2017 and 2018. He also gave both the 2014 and 2015 Fallen Giants’ Shiraz 95 points.

The Grape

Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

The Region

Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula is one of Victoria's key wine regions, located  to the South of the Melbourne metropolis and is the Eastern arm,  along with the Bellarine Peninsula to the West, that creates Port Phillip Bay. On the Eastern side of the Peninsula you find another body of water, Western Port Bay, meaning that the vineyards of the peninsula are surrounded by water on three sides when you also consider Bass Straight to the South.

Since the latest wave of commercial wine production began in 1978, this cooler maritime environment has very quickly become an important wine-making area with a keen focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris, Riesling and Viognier are also planted here.

Soils vary from sands and alluvial clays though to volcanic soils on Red Hill these locations between 25 and 250 meters above sea level are generally well drained but hold enough of the 350mm of rain that falls during the growing season.

Now with over 60 producers the style of wines is now becoming recognisable. Chardonnays with purity and leanness not found on many other places in Victoria and Pinot Noirs with intense fruit character, spice and smoke, free of too much weight.

With the centre of Melbourne only an hour on the motorway,  this region has long housed Melbournians in the second homes over long hot Summers, therefore offering some of the most expensive real estate in the state. No surprise then that typically Mornington Peninsula wines tend not to be inexpensive. That's not to say they don't offer value, with high standards of viticulture  and very good growing conditions ensuring there is a lot of fascination to be discovered.

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